[Gimp-user] Time Lapse via GIMP

I am having trouble creating a good time lapse video from still
pictures.  I have taken 300 pictures via the interval timer mode in
the Nikon D5500 camera.  There are two problems, 1 quality is not as
good as I think it should be.  Not my main issue.  Main issue is the
time lapse video plays in a reverse sequence.  I thought that might
happen as the first image loaded becomes the last image.  The total
process  takes about 5 hours to complete.
The process I am following, saw in two YouTube videos is:
1. Load 300 pictures from camera to computer.
2. Open pictures as layers within Gimp - takes about 40 minutes
3. Convert Images:  Image - Mode - Indexed.  Set Dithering to
Floyd-Steinberg - click convert.  Process takes about 3 hours
4. Filters - Animation - Optimize (for GIF).  Takes about 2 hours
5. Export: Give file name with .Gif .  Tick box "as animation".  Frame
delay in seconds - take default.  Check Use delay entered above for
all frames.

Hopefully someone will see a step left out or reversed in order to get
time lapse video in proper sequence.  If not, maybe someone could
recommend a good free piece of software that I could use instead of
Gimp.  I do not want to pay for software as I will not take a lot of
time lapse videos, just want the ability and flexibility to create one
when I find a good reason to.  I have seen Chronolapse software which
I will investigate if I cannot get Gimp to work for me.

My computer specs are:  Sixth generation I7, 3.4 GHz processor; 16 Gig
Memory - I have allocated 12.5 Gig to GIMP, HHD hard drive.  Via Task
Manager saw the process is very heavy with Disk I/O - 95-100%; Memory
usage - takes all I can give it.  CPU processing only about 10-15%.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Chuck Devlin

Forgot to mention:  Gimp 2.8

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